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Music is an art in all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual. The Fiji has released a colorized coin series 'Music is My Life' and this coin is dedicated to the French Chanson.

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A chanson is in general any lyric-driven French song, usually polyphonic and secular. A singer specialising in chansons is known as a "chanteur" (male) or "chanteuse" (female); a collection of chansons, especially from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, is also known as a chansonnier.

Modern chanson
French solo song developed in the late 16th century, probably from the aforementioned Parisian works. During the 17th century, the air de cour, chanson pour boire and other like genres, generally accompanied by lute or keyboard, flourished, with contributions by such composers as Antoine Boesset, Denis Gaultier, Michel Lambert and Michel-Richard de Lalande.
During the 18th century, vocal music in France was dominated by Opera, but solo song underwent a renaissance in the 19th century, first with salon melodies, but by mid-century with highly sophisticated works influenced by the German Lieder which had been introduced into the country. Louis Niedermeyer, under the particular spell of Schubert, was a pivotal figure in this movement, followed by Édouard Lalo, Felicien David and many others.
Another offshoot of chanson called chanson réaliste (realist song), was a popular musical genre in France, primarily from the 1880s until the end of World War II. Born of the cafés-concerts and cabarets of the Montmartre district of Paris and influenced by literary realism and the naturalist movements in literature and theatre, chanson réaliste was a musical style which was mainly performed by women and dealt with the lives of Paris's poor and working class. Some of the more well-known performers of the genre include Damia, Fréhel and Édith Piaf.
Later 19th-century composers of French song, called either mélodie or chanson, included Ernest Chausson, Emmanuel Chabrier, Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy, while many 20th-century French composers have continued this strong tradition.

Chanson today
In France today "chanson" typically refers to the music of singers such as Charles Trenet, Jacques Brel, Jean Ferrat, Georges Brassens, Édith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Barbara, Serge Reggiani, Léo Ferré, Mireille Mathieu and Serge Gainsbourg. Chanson can be distinguished from the rest of French "pop" music by following the rhythms of French language, rather than those of English.

  • CountryFiji
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalCupronickel, Silver
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProoflike
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No

The coin’s reverse depicts a colorized representation of the Tour Eiffel, the French symbol, while in the background a chanson's player. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2012 year-date, and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.